Adrian was born at Gympie on 19 December 1944, the second child in a family of 11 siblings. Following schooling at Beenhan Range State Primary School, and Gympie State High School, he joined the RAAF in 1963. He completed a 6 year enlistment and qualified as an aircraft engineer. Following this he was employed with Ansett Airlines at Dubbo as an engineer until 1976. He returned to Queensland and graduated as a Secondary School Manual Arts teacher in 1978. He taught at Kilcoy, Burnside, St Columbans, St Peters, St Edmunds, and at Gympie TAFE and as a supply teacher in the district. He had a great interest in his nieces and nephews and enjoyed time spent with them. The great interest of his life however was in invention and he spent much time in seeking to develop safety features for aircraft and engines. He joined the QAM in 1993 and was active in seeking parts for restoration and helped with manning the museum on occasion. He was also active in local and state politics and took responsibility as his mothers carer in latter days. He passed away on 13 August 2009 after a short battle with cancer.